Rachel Bass was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, 1975.
Whitewashing: Peace in the United States is a flimsy illusion. We are not at peace just because the bombs we drop are not over our own soil. We are not a great melting pot of opportunity for all who work hard and stay out of trouble. Our peace is a greeting card commercial. Most of us know it is an illusion, but we buy it anyway. The alternative, as a white American, is to wage war within ourselves. It would mean holding ourselves accountable and responsible for the oppression and abuse of black and brown people that we have built this illusion upon. It would require owning up to the fact that our lives are easier because the lives of others are harder. It would require a disruption of the peaceful illusion that we cling to with our denials, excuses, and judgements. So we do not. We add a fresh coat of whiteness to everything our eyes touch and our ears hear. We keep the peace and accuse others of being violent; refusing to see that for them, the illusion of peace comes at a much higher cost.